Journalists at Rocky Mountain News launch Web site in effort to save paper
Rocky Mountain News
Denver, CO Colorado
DENVER, Colorado ” A group of Rocky Mountain News journalists has launched a Web site to serve as a rallying point for the community to save the paper.
The site, IWantMyRocky.com, is meant to draw support for the Rocky after it was put up for sale earlier this month.
“It’s our hope that people will post comments on the site about what the paper means to their lives and their communities,” said John C. Ensslin, spokesman for the group and a Rocky reporter.
E.W. Scripps, the parent company of the paper, announced Dec. 4 that it would seek a buyer for the Rocky until mid-January. If a buyer is not found, the paper may be closed.
The site was the result of a two-hour meeting Saturday of about 30 Rocky staffers at the Denver Press Club.
The group gathered to have frank talks about the future of the paper and to brainstorm about what the community could do to save the paper – a Colorado institution for more than 149 years.
In a first post on the site, Rocky columnist Mike Littwin wrote: “We ask not for your money, but – as they say in the sports world – for the opportunity to play for pride. Many of you read the Rocky. Many of you and your families have read the Rocky for generations.”
Many readers as well as Gov. Bill Ritter and Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper have expressed concern about the paper and its potential closure.